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Recruitment Client

We are specialists in FMCG recruitment at all levels across National Accounts – Field Sales Management – Business Development – Category/Customer/Shopper Marketing, Brand Marketing – Export/International – both on a permanent and interim basis. We also help recruit talent across commercial support functions such as revenue management and Supply Chain and we are happy to discuss this with you and any specific requirements you may have.

Our Approach

There is currently a serious talent shortage in the UK FMCG market at all job levels.

The SmithCarey recruitment process utilizes a bespoke combination of candidate search tools and techniques to identify and engage with the right people, to ensure that the candidate shortlist reflects the best talent available to match your specific requirements.

The most important part of the process is meeting you, the client, in person to discuss every aspect of the brief and type of candidate i.e. skills, experience, culture fit that you are looking for. We will then recommend and agree with you a course of action and process to achieve a successful outcome in the shortest possible timescale.

All shortlist candidates are interviewed by SmithCarey face-to-face first, so you have confidence in knowing that all candidates will be a close match to your brief.  Our candidate communication is second to none, so you can be assured that every single candidate who either applies for or who is approached directly by us, will be well briefed and left with a positive impression of your company.

Under normal circumstances we allow 4-6 weeks from start of brief to candidate job offer. Working in partnership with our clients the overriding objective is to attract “top talent” that fits your organisational needs. Talent is in short supply so sometimes this can take a little longer!

Our terms are highly competitive in the FMCG recruitment market and are tailored to reflect your specific requirements taking into account the scale, size and complexity of the search work to be undertaken.  For a confidential discussion and individual quote that meets your needs, please contact one of our Recruitment Directors:

Mark Smith – 07747 847214 –  

Maria Murphy – 07745 184922 –



We personally meet you to understand your unique business and recruitment needs


We tailor the search campaign to bring the right talent that matches your requirements as discussed


We search, manage and select the right shortlist for you – not just a CV shuffle!


During the interview process we manage all candidate feedback & communication on your behalf

Roles we recruit for


  • Sales/Commercial Directors
  • National Accounts
  • Account Directors
  • Field Sales
  • Managing Director

Sales Jobs


  • Brand/Consumer Marketing
  • Category Management
  • Customer Marketing
  • Shopper Marketing

Marketing Jobs


  • Commercial Revenue Management
  • Customer Services/Sales support
  • Export/International
  • Supply Chain

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if you want help attracting the best talent then get in touch with our team.

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Our point of difference

Employee Branding

We are experts in developing and delivering an effective employer brand strategy, working closely and in confidential partnership with clients to develop a fully integrated employer talent attraction and retention strategy. We would be happy to share our successful track record and approach in order to help create a successful first class talent strategy.

Attracting Talent

Our team of Recruitment Directors and Consultants are supported by a team of highly skilled FMCG Researchers and digital/social media marketers, who are experienced in searching and attracting top talent, keeping in regular contact with talented individuals who may not be actively searching for their next opportunity right now but will be seeking the right career move at some point in the future.

Personal Touch

Our ‘personal touch’ Recruitment team all have heavyweight experience and a successful track record of working in FMCG Sales & Marketing roles over many years. They have an intimate knowledge and understanding of how the FMCG market works in all aspects we put people first, we do what we say we’ll do and we live and breathe our unique set of ethical values.

Recruitment Reviews

  • Maria provided me with excellent briefing/background information of the company & products before the interview plus she kept me in the loop throughout the recruitment process. Overall, Maria is very impressive, professional and extremely responsive to queries. I really enjoyed working with her. Highly recommended! - Shoeb
  • Maria from SmithCarey is the main reason why I landed my new role. She has been very professional, patient and took time to get to know me, my experience and what I was looking for in a career. Even though I was not actively looking for a new job Maria helped me find an organisation and a role which seem to be a much better fit for me and my goals. Thank you!  - Rafal  
  • Maria was fantastic throughout my whole application process. She was a pleasure to talk to and gave me excellent advice which I feel ultimately helped me to secure the role. Maria provided in-sight into the business and provided excellent interview tips that helped me to feel confident for each stage of the application process. Her support was invaluable, and I can’t thank her enough for helping me find the perfect role - Zoe
  • I would like to say ‘thank you’ Maria for how you handled the screening / first interview process. You have been open, honest and kept me updated all the way through – it has been a breath of fresh air in today’s recruitment market – Simon
  • Mark's attention to detail and application from initial contact, up to and including job offer was exceptional. The confidence he instilled in me for initial interview had me feeing, he ACTUALLY wanted me to be successful. His personable approach was so refreshing in what can be in essence 'a numbers game' for recruiters. My new employers also think very highly of Mark as he is an expert in his field, concise, to the point and a delight to work with. Thank you for all your help - Ash
  • I found working with Mark to be a very positive experience when assessing my career options. Mark took the time to understand what I was about, what I was looking for, and then only put me forward for roles in which he felt mutual synergies existed. I really felt that Mark understood the businesses that he represented, but also me as an individual. I see Mark as an expert in his field and would not hesitate to work with him in the future - James
  • I started my new job this week and they are a really nice bunch of people. Thanks for all your help and support Maria in finding me a job I know I’m going to enjoy - Kate
  • Thanks so much for your feedback on my CV Maria, I really appreciate it. My CV definitely needs changing as I am getting little response for anything I apply for. Really value your opinion and thanks again for reviewing for me - Mike
  • I just wanted to pass on my excellent experience with Colin! I was ultimately unsuccessful for the role I had applied for but I have nothing but respect for Colin and the way that he handled the whole process. There are a lot of sharks out there but people that work for your company are a cut above the best and i just wanted you to know that. The whole job search procedure is very stressful and Colin did everything to keep me updated and broke the bad news in a very fair and even handed way. I will keep in touch with Colin and continue to kiss frogs, hoping that one day it will turn into a prince and I will land the dream job - James
  • From a Candidate who has worked for a major a FMCG business for 18 years I have found SmithCarey and especially Mark a privilege to work with. From the initial conversation by telephone and the one to one interview the professional approach has been first class. I have found my perfect role within four weeks of searching. The support and direction being something I have found very refreshing in the current climate - Darrell
  • After arriving in London as an FMCG-focused sales & marketing professional with big dreams but few connections, Colin Beaumont provided invaluable support. Unlike the other recruiters I had worked with, Colin felt like a true mentor and supported me every step of the way. His eye for talent, impressive knowledge of the space and unparalleled network empowered me to land my dream job. I am so grateful to Colin and the team at SmithCarey! - Alexandra
  • I have received personal coaching from Smith Carey, this has significantly opened my eyes to unlock my talents and potential. Operating now at a more senior level, the coaching has allowed me to move from challenging our previous strategy to bringing teams together to help develop out future strategies and this is now the most rewarding part of my current role Clare
  • A job well done! Many thanks SmithCarey for all your help and advice with securing my perfect role. Right from the initial conversation you identified my suitability for the company and the position. The company information and job spec was clearly defined which really assisted in my preparation for the interview process. You kept me informed throughout with honest feedback. I would certainly recommend you to both clients and candidates with the confidence that you will supply a best in class FMCG recruitment experience.    
    Best regards, Ben
  • I found SmithCarey refreshingly different, hard working and most of all honest. Most of this can only really be ascertained after the dust has settled. I was lucky enough to deal with Mark Smith which also partly explains to me why this is such an excellent run company.
  • At a time when I had been made redundant, I lost all of my confidence and you really helped boost that, particularly with the belief that I could move into a sector that other recruiters had said I wouldn't be able to get into - so thank you! Your service is fantastic, with the personal touch that makes all of the difference rather than just being another candidate or a CV in a huge pile! I will be recommending you to any of my friends that are looking for their next placement. Thank you for believing in me - Julia
  • From a candidate perspective, working with SmithCarey has been a unique experience. Based on cultural fit, integrity and Mark's inate ability to understand the clients business and turn their brief into the person with the best fit. They have stood out above any other executive search agency by treating the client as a person and being honest at all times. The process was handled with complete professionalism based on total commitment to both parties. They have provided invaluable support and reassurance in every detail at every stage
  • I found SmithCarey to be extremely professional in all my dealings with them. They went to great lengths to find out what it was I was looking for to ensure the best fit for available job roles. The opportunity to meet with them and chat about the job available and obtain unbiased details of the role and people I would be working with was invaluable in helping me to make my decison and ultimately ensured no-ones time was wasted. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending their services to friends
  • Mark and Colin offered their services as a sounding board when I began looking for a new challenge. They were as good as their word, and I consulted with them to get to a decision on a few positions, including the one I ultimately secured. All of this was done without SmithCarey being involved in that role, so they provided this service without earning a penny.
  • I found Mark Smith exceptionally professional in all my dealings with him, and felt well informed throughout my selection process. Without doubt, I wouldn't have been successful in gaining my current role without the guidance and support I received from SmithCarey.
  • My experience with SmithCarey was an enriching path of apprenticeship, the professionalism and coaching in every single meeting that I had was fundamental for the success on my job search. SmithCarey is much more than a recruitment company, the honesty and integrity in all meetings and the constant information and feedback make the job recruitment process for the candidate a totally satisfying experience. Finally I want to highlight the true interest that SmithCarey put to understanding what the candidate is looking for and to match that with what the company needs, resulting on a great outcome. Congratulations to this great Team.
  • The impressive fact for SmithCarey is their understanding. They understand the markets they work in, they understand the businesses they are recruiting for, and most importantly they understand the requirements of their candidates. In my experience this understanding allows them to recruit the right person in the right position.
    Simon - Kallo Foods
  • It was nice to work with a recruitment consultancy that really made the extra effort to understand exactly what I was looking for. Throughout all stages of the recruitment process, they kept me well informed and went that extra step to ensure that the job was right for me. The support and focus to detail throughout was exceptional. I would have no hesitation whatsoever to recommend SmithCarey to others.
  • I have always found the knowledge, advice and professionalism offered by SmithCarey to be first class. Always acting with both integrity and honesty is highly reassuring in this market and with such a wide range of major clients you can be sure that this is only possible through the quality of service in all areas from the team. The personal touch and coaching offered helps candidates prepare appropriately to truly meet their needs and get the right job, whilst also satisfying the needs of the employers.
    Steve - Candidate
  • I had moved to London without having any prior UK or global work experience, and was finding it extremely tough to find a good opportunity. What makes Smith Carey different is that they genuinely appreciated my 6 years of prior experience and outlined roles for me within my field of interest. I found them to be honest, encouraging and extremely helpful in their approach. In less than 3 months since my shift, I found the right role! Thank you so much - my shift to London would not have been smooth without your help. I would definitely recommend your services to all my friends.
  • I first contacted Mark Smith upon recommendation in 2014 after returning from Australia where I had been residing for the past 3 years. Mark was clearly knowledgeable of the FMCG industry, but furthermore he was interested in exactly what my motivations were and what would be of interest to me. He quickly identified a realistic career path for me to follow and gave me the tools to obtain a role in FMCG. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark and his team in the future and he would be the first person I contact should I require recruitment services again in the future.
  • Having made the decision to further my career elsewhere, I started to contact several different recruitment agencies. However, there was only one stand out agency that I would recommend. When Smith Carey first contacted me and wanted a face-to-face meeting, I was a bit reluctant given the long drive required. I could not shout loudly enough about how beneficial that meeting was. They took the time to understand me and my needs but also gave me direct, constructive feedback that proved crucial when it came to interviews with prospective employers. Smith Carey are a friendly and personal agency and I will definitely be keeping in touch in the future.

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